For those who haven’t had to get or renew their CPR certification for awhile, you might be surprised to know that In 2010, the American Heart Association updated the CPR guidelines.
We once memorized Airway, Breathing and Compressions to administer CPR, but like most everything, advances give us reason to improve our methods.
We’re now learning, Compressions, Airway and Breathing; same words, different order. This new order allows CPR to begin immediately, keeping the blood pumping to the brain and providing a better chance of survival.
Additionally, AHA has eliminated the Listen and Feel sequence, and replaced it with Look only. The rate of compression is now 100 beats per minute, and at least two inches deep.
With these new guidelines, the AHA hopes to encourage bystanders to take action faster.